Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1988-12-11
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
AUD>DAT>CD; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy
- 2004-07-06 10:56:56
- Long Beach, CA
- Long Beach Arena
Subject: Sometimes, a sbd doesn't circulate because...
I agree that there are some magical moments in the "Bird Song".
I hereby recommend skipping ahead. I recommend this to all but the most completist 1988 listeners. Skip ahead to the first show of the NYE run (the 28th) and listen to THAT "Bird Song", and then take note of the 1st set "Jack Straw" closer. Now there's the band in much better form, thank goodness ...
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: My 48th Show
Subject: Thanks to my brothers & sisters
Subject: I guess you had to be there
Both weekends were some of the best times ever!
It seems to me that some of these reviewers have maybe never spent a weekend campout with the Dead.
The shakedown street in the camping area at this venue was REALLY fun indeed!
The shows at both venues were wonderful, and I've been to a few (I'm 62 yrs. old)
If these folks want perfect sound, they should just go out and buy CD's!!! (or are you too cheap or what?)
I just don't get over analizing all these shows as if they paid for them.LOL LOL. They are FREE!!! Get it!
Jesus...LOL LOL LOL!!!
Subject: Late '88
Seriously though, it sounds good to me. It's a very listenable AUD...gives you the fun of hearing the crowd react to different things. Hearing a crowd clap along is pretty much a requirement for getting the most out of any Iko. This show is perfect for listening to while I do my work this afternoon.
Subject: I was there
It's kind of hard to describe what was going on then, but you have to know that it was a pretty dark period. This was one of a series of runs in Southern California where the Grateful Dead got kicked out of most of the major venues (leading to a very bizarre show at the Coliseum two and a half years later). The LAPD were unreal at that point, busting heads (in all senses), they would come screaming through the parking lot and everyone would be scrambling to get out of the way, and clear the place out. Yet all through that there were all kinds of beautiful moments as well. Still lots of energy, lots and lots of the original heads were still there at that point, and it felt great just to hear them. I can't say that this era was their best, but they had great moments, a lot of them, at this point. I'd go back and do it all over again in a heartbeat. even a foolish one.
Subject: Just head to the New Year's Run and skip this inoffensive tripe
2nd Set: 105 seconds of indecipherable tuning before a meek "Box." I still insist that the song is just too nice and undramatic to serve as a set opener...it's better as an encore or a late 1st set option. You think they were going to leave Long Beach without an installment of "Victim?" Jerry's straggling weary guitar (3:16) serves as an ominous accompaniment to these portentious lyrics. "Foolish" just has to follow. Brent's adding most of the unique life (late 6's/early 7's) into this otherwise dreary version. Jerry's got no chutzpah behind his voice. Did I hear this same sequence Not just a few days ago as a too mild-mannered "Man Smart" is only memorable for Brent's youthful efforts. "Drums/Space" are the norm...I'm finding the encroaching transportation vehicles kinda eerie (early 4's)...imagine a similiar phenomenon like Stephen King's "Maximum Overdrive." Hmmm..I'm smelling a "Truckin" here. Nope, we're in LA, it's gotta be a "Miracle." "Fantasy/Hey Jude" is somewhat a step up in gears. It feels odd I'm listening to "Black Muddy" in the middle of a set. It lacks the complexity of most major ballads but it's still awfully despondent with a glimmer of pleading hope in the eyes. "Sugar" is an easy 'move your body but ya have to deaden your mind' music, but nothing physically strenuous.
"Quinn" generically sparkles.
2 3/5th stars rounded to three out of kindness.
Subject: Good show
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